Founders' Day opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 9, at the mausoleum, where the public can pay respects to Leland, Jane and Leland Jr., whose remains rest inside three marble sarcophagi. The mausoleum, which is opened only during this period each year, closes at noon.
The Stanford community, affiliates and the public are welcome to attend Founders' Day activities.
At 11 a.m. John Harbaugh, president of the Stanford Historical Society, will extend the welcome. Following the placement of a wreath at the mausoleum by President Gerhard Casper, Paul Turner, the Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art, will speak on "The Stanfords' Vision of Their University: Was It Appropriate?" The a cappella group Talisman will wrap up the mausoleum program and the gathering will form a processional, joined by a Stanford horse carriage, to Memorial Church.
As in previous years, Linda Kovach and Peter Henry will portray Jane and Leland Stanford.
In the event of rain, President Gerhard Casper will lead a brief wreath-laying ceremony at 11:15 a.m. at the cornerstone in the Quad.
At 11:45 a.m. at the church, Albert H. Hastorf, professor emeritus of psychology, will give the keynote address on "A Report to the Founders About a Few People They Should Have Known."
The undergraduate student speech will be given by Nick Beckman, a junior in comparative literature, and the graduate student speech will be presented by Shannon Moffett, a first-year medical student.
At 12:45 p.m. the community celebration in the Quad, with a free family-style picnic lunch for all, will conclude the program.
Established in 1891 in honor of Leland Stanford Jr., Founders' Day evolved into a celebration honoring the entire Stanford family.
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